Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 10)

1) Homeless update
2) Spring gardening workshops
3) Park sprinklers running in the rain
4) Support the Office of Neighborhood Involvement


1) Homeless update

FireHawthorne Bridge homeless fire

Summer dryness quickly approaches. After a fire at a homeless camp under the Hawthorne Bridge last week, the OKNA Board requested that Portland Fire & Rescue meet with Hazelnut Grove residents and conduct a safety check to ensure the camp in Overlook Neighborhood is following best practices for fire and safety. Fire & Rescue agreed, and the meeting was scheduled for Friday.

Other neighborhoods support Overlook

The chairs of eight North Portland neighborhoods (not counting Overlook) have sent a letter to the city supporting Overlook as we continue to try to work with the city on a plan that will ensure the safety of everyone. Other neighborhoods sending letters include Arlington, Crestwood and Irvington. The Northeast Coalition is promoting its own, similar letter. And Concordia, Cully, Vernon and Multnomah village have all shared their support for OKNA.

Homelessness forum (April 20)

The Neighbors West-Northwest Coalition will host a forum on homelessness later this month. There will be presentations by a Home for Everyone and the mayor’s office followed by Q+A. Neighbors will caucus to determine if the homeless plan works and will develop any next steps to take at the neighborhood association level.

Wednesday, April 20, 6-8 p.m.
Portland Building, Second Floor (1120 SW 5th Ave.)


2) Spring gardening workshopsWesternServiceberry

As Overlook residents start whipping their yards back into shape, expert help is available. The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District will partner with Sustainable Overlook and Trillium Charter School to offer two workshops.

Natural gardening workshop: Naturescaping (Sat. April 30, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Natural Gardening Workshop: Native Plants (Wed. May 18, 6-8:30 p.m.)

Both classes will take place at Trillium Charter School (5420 N Interstate Ave.) Registration is required. Find more details and register online. Additional questions? Call 503-935-5368.


3) Park sprinklers running in the rain

Starting in April, Portland Park & Recreation (PP&R) staff will activate irrigation systems across the city. Part of this process will include adjustments and repairs where workers need to have sprinkler and irrigation systems turned on during the day.

SprinklersSome of this work on more than 150 automatic sprinkler systems might occur during rainy days, which could strike a casual observer as an unusual sight.  However, PP&R staff must conduct this work now to ensure that all of the city’s park irrigation systems are fully functional for the hot summer months.  PP&R irrigation systems are used on grass at parks and athletic fields, and give plants supplemental water.

Though sprinklers running in the rain may cause one to do a double-take, this is in fact a common and effective industry practice.  In this case, de-winterizing PP&R sprinkler systems during the month of April (and sometimes during March, too) is indeed a normal operating procedure.

The irrigation systems in our parks sit idle for many months. During this time, the sprinkler heads may lose their alignment, have turf grow completely over them, or be damaged from the elements. To ensure proper operation, systematically each sprinkler zone is activated and thoroughly inspected.


4) Support the Office of Neighborhood Involvement

Do you like to hear what’s happening in Overlook Neighborhood through this weekly update and our quarterly newsletter? Do you appreciate having a neighborhood association that speaks up for Overlook? Have you attended a neighborhood cleanup or movie in the park?

All of this is made possible by the volunteers at OKNA, and those volunteers receive a lot of help from the City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI). It’s budget season in Portland, thoughm, andn ONI could fall under the budget axe.

You can help ensure that ONI and by extension OKNA has the resources it needs to serve Overlook residents by telling the mayor and City Council how valuable these programs are. Contact them at:

Charlie Hales, Mayor
mayorhales@portlandoregon.gov

Steve Novick, Commissioner
novick@portlandoregon.gov

Amanda Fritz, Commissioner
amanda@portlandoregon.gov

Dan Saltzman, Commissioner
dan@portlandoregon.gov

Nick Fish, Commissioner
Nick@portlandoregon.gov

You can also support ONI and OKNA at upcoming budget forums:

Tuesday, April 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Alice Ott Middle School, Auditorium (12500 SE Ramona St.)

Thursday, May 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers, (1221 SW 4th Ave.)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 1)

1) Family night on the Bluffs (Sunday, April 3)
2) Sign up for Portland’s urgent safety messages
3) Middle Housing coming to Overlook?
4) Parks and clean water through art (Wednesday, April 6)
5) Celebrate spring with a healthy lawn and garden
6) Civics for Adults Workshop Series
7) OKNA Board meeting (Tuesday, April 5)
8) And finally…


1) Family night on the Bluffs (Sunday, April 3)

Skidmore BluffsOverlook neighbors on Skidmore Terrace invite you to join them on Sunday for family night at the Skidmore Bluffs.

Over the years Skidmore Bluffs have become a popular spot to watch the sunset, and over the years residents of Skidmore Terrace have noticed a few trends they’d like to curb, e.g., urinating in yards, smoking, drinking, loud music, parking in the no parking zones, etc. One night in particular – Sunday night – seems to always attract crowds that for whatever reason are particularly ill-behaved.

The Skidmore Terrace residents would like to put a stop to the rowdy Sunday nights (and get to know their neighbors a bit better, too). They invite all Overlook residents to join them on Sunday for family night at the Bluffs. They hope that by filling the park with families, over time the crowds will either move on to another location or curb their poor behavior.

Come out to meet some neighbors, enjoy the sunset and keep Overlook a great place for families.

Inaugural family night at Skidmore Bluffs
Sunday, April 3 at sunset (about 6:45 – 7:45 p.m.)
Skidmore Bluffs


2) Sign up for Portland’s urgent safety messages

The City of Portland and Multnomah County reminds all residents to visit www.PublicAlerts.org (PublicAlerts) to sign up to receive urgent safety information.

PublicAlerts is able to send messages to landline phones, mobile phones, and email addresses. Alerts are only issued when the public needs to take action to remain safe, such as staying inside, evacuating, or boiling water.

PublicAlerts was first launched in 2011. The system used by Portland and Multnomah County was recently improved and is now able to issue safety information in 10 languages other than English, including Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Laotian, Arabic, Romanian, Somali and Ukrainian. Residents must sign up to receive non-English messages.

When signing up, residents are also able to indicate if they may have additional needs in an emergency — such as mobility issues or hearing or visual impairment — or difficulty communicating with public safety responders.


3) Middle Housing coming to Overlook?

Commissioner Steve Novick has come out in support of “middle housing.” That’s denser development between a regular house and a large apartment building. Think duplexes and garden apartments.

The idea has made its way into discussions about the city’s Comprehensive Plan update, which is the official development plan for the next 20 years. The blocks north across the street from Overlook Park could be a test spot for middle housing development.

Share your thoughts on this idea or any other elements of the Comprehensive Plan at upcoming public hearings and City Council action. Among the upcoming meetings are:

  • April 14, 6-9 p.m. Comprehensive Plan Hearing on Amendments, Portland Building Auditorium (1120 SW 5th Ave.)
  • April 20, 9:45 a.m. Comprehensive Plan Hearing on Amendments, Council Chambers, City Hall (1221 SW 4th Ave.)
  • April 28 2 p.m. Comprehensive Plan Amendment Vote

4) Parks and clean water through art (Wednesday, April 6)

The North Portland Parks Advisory Group and Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group are sponsoring an evening of artistic expression and information sharing in support of clean water and parks. Speakers will include:

  • Travis Williams, Willamette River Keepers
  • Emily Bosanquet, Pacific Northwest College of the Arts (PNCA)
  • Mary Lou Soscia, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Susan Barthel, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services

Parks and clean water through art
Wednesday, April 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Historic Kenton Firehouse (8105 N Brandon Ave.)


5) Celebrate spring with a healthy lawn and garden

LadybugSignDid you know that more than 400 Overlook neighbors have pledged to reduce or eliminate pesticides like Round-up and “weed and feed” in their yard? According Metro, “Garden chemicals can be harmful to humans, pets, wildlife and waterways. The good news is there are many surprisingly easy ways to care for your lawn and garden that avoid putting your family and neighbors at risk.” If you’re interested in learning more or in taking the Health Lawn and Garden Pledge, visit the Sustainable Overlook website.


6) Civics for Adults Workshop Series

DualCritThink-and-ConstitutionThe Civics for Adults Series will host two upcoming discussions in North Portland. The first is titled “Misinformation and political propaganda.” The second is called “The Constitution and the governments we live with.” Click on the image for details.


7) OKNA Board meeting (Tuesday, April 5)

The OKNA board meets on Tuesday. Items on the agenda include middle housing, questions for a possible North Portland mayoral candidate forum and general meeting format.

OKNA Board meeting
Tuesday, April 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Drive)


8) And finally…

Spring has arrived in Overlook, and what better place to take some wedding photos than at our neighborhood street art?

overlook_wedding_art

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 25)

1) Easter egg hunt (Saturday, March 26)
2) Art show (Sunday, March 27)


1) Easter egg hunt (Saturday, March 26)

Don’t forget to bring the kids out for the Overlook House’s Easter egg hunt on Saturday morning. The hunt starts at 10:30 sharp. Bring your basket and don’t be late – the hunt will be over in about five minutes. Find one of the special golden eggs to claim a special prize.

The event is presented rain or shine for neighborhood children by Friends of Overlook House.

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 26, 10:30 a.m.
Overlook House(3839 N Melrose Dr.)


2) Art show (Sunday, March 27)

tarp_artFifteen to 20 Hazelnut Grove residents will display their artwork at the Division Stumptown on Sunday. Join the artists to talk about their work, socialize and meet the people who live at Hazelnut Grove. Portland artist Winde Dyer also will display her work which features tarp quilts.

The family-friendly event will include live music by Gepetto, food by Amanda Luna and the Hazelnut Grove community kitchen, and drinks by New Deal Distillery. If you plan to drink, consider catching a free shuttle ride from Hazelnut Grove (2:30-3:30 and returning 6:30-7:30).

The art show runs until April 26.

Meet Hazelnut Grove artists
Sunday, March 27, 4-6 p.m.
Stumpton Coffee (4525 SE Division St.)

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 18)

1) Paul Bunyan needs your help
2) City athletic fields remain closed
3) Food donations in North Portland


1) Paul Bunyan needs your help

PaintPaulThe Paul Bunyan statue in Kenton has welcomed visitors for nearly 50 years. Paul is showing his age, though, and needs a fresh coat of paint.

The Kenton Neighborhood Association and Kenton Business Association are asking residents throughout North Portland for help. Learn more about this Portland landmark at paintpaulpdx.org.


2) City athletic fields remain closed

Due to the continued effects of recent heavy rains, all Portland Parks & Recreation grass athletic fields and ball fields will remain closed through at least Friday, March 25, 2016.

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) originally closed all city-owned grass athletic and ball fields for one week, and re-evaluated conditions today.  The bureau must now extend the closure until at least Friday, March 25, 2016, due to safety concerns and saturated conditions related to recent heavy rain.

This closure impacts grass fields at Portland Parks & Recreation sites, and events which PP&R had permitted at Portland Public Schools facilities.  On Thursday, March 24, 2016, PP&R will re-evaluate the grass fields and make a determination on if the closures need to be extended, with user safety in mind.  The citywide closure does not impact synthetic turf fields, which are designed for all-weather play.


3) Food donations in North Portland

Tuesday’s Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting featured presentations from several North Portland social service agencies about how residents can get involved and support their efforts. The Portland Food Project was one of the presenters, and several residents had questions about how much food they receive from the neighborhood. They’ve sent answers:

In Overlook, about 30 donors give an average of 450-500 pounds of food every two months. Three neighborhood coordinators help make it happen.

Throughout North Portland, about 60 donors, with 4 neighborhood coordinators, give an average of 900-1,000 pounds of food per month.

Pantries in the North/Northeast Portland area are: Hereford House, Sharon Community Services, Bethel Community Care, Home Forward Dekum Court, Casa Trinidad, NE Emergency Food Program and St. Johns Food Share.

Visit their website to learn more.

 

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 12)

1) Big week for Overlook Mural project
2) All Portland athletic fields closed
3) Help cleanup Overlook
4) Show off your garden
5) OKNA general meeting (Tuesday, March 15)
6) Help PBOT locate bike share stations
7) How clean should the Willamette River be? (Survey)


1) Big week for Overlook Mural project

MuralYouth2The planned Overlook Mural continues to move forward. This week Miller Paint generously donated $1,500 worth of paint towards the project, and organizers held the second meeting of the Youth Artist Team.

The youth team met at the Rain Agency, which hosted the work meeting in their Pearl District space, to begin the creative process of designing the Overlook Mural.

Follow updates of the Youth Team’s progress online.

The mural project will be completed in late summer.  It will beautify the Overlook neighborhood, spotlighting our history and many beautiful green spaces.

Learn more about this exciting Overlook project.


2) All Portland athletic fields closed

Portland Parks & Recreation has closed all city-owned athletic and ballfields until at least Friday, March 18 due to safety concerns and saturated conditions related to continued rain.  This closure impacts grass fields at PP&R sites and events that PP&R had permitted at Portland Public Schools facilities.  On Thursday, PP&R will re-evaluate the grass fields and make a determination if the closures need to be extended, with user safety in mind.  The citywide closure does NOT impact synthetic turf fields, which are designed for all-weather play.

Sustained rains and wet conditions across the city have left many PP&R athletic fields with standing water, mud, slippery turf and other poor conditions that could impact athletes’ safety.  The heavy and seemingly unending rain has also hampered the ability for PP&R maintenance crews to care for the fields.  Turf experts stressed the importance of preserving the grass at this time of the year, noting that damage inflicted now will be much harder to repair later in the year when more people are expected to use the fields.

All people who have been granted permits for events on athletic and ball fields will have their money refunded.  Fields will also be closed for drop-in use.


3) Help cleanup Overlook

Now that the sun is finally breaking out with some regularity, it’s time for some spring cleaning. The Overlook Neighborhood Livability Team gathers once a month for two hours to remove graffiti and clean up trash in our neighborhood. If you’d like to volunteer to make Overlook a better place for everyone, email graffiti@overlookneighborhood.org.

The team was out last week:

livability1 livability3 livability2

4) Show off your garden

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District seeks hosts and volunteers for the 2016 Naturescaped Yards Tour on Saturday, May 14.

Hosting your yard is a fun way to share your gardening experience with other natural gardening fans. They are looking for a variety of garden sizes and types by do-it-yourselfers who have incorporated native plants, naturescaping concepts, and stormwater features into their landscape. If your yard is young, a work in progress, or only part of it is ready to show, that’s great! To apply to be a host, fill out our online questionnaire here. If your garden is selected as a potential stop on the tour, our Yard Tour Organizer Angela will contact you in late March to schedule a visit to your yard. Questionnaires must be submitted by Sunday, March 20th.

Volunteering on Yard Tour day is a great way to connect with other gardening enthusiasts. Organizers need help with day of tour preparations, greeting visitors, and post-tour clean up. Morning and afternoon shifts are approximately 3 ½ hours. If you are interested in joining the fun, click here and our Yard Tour Coordinator will contact you with additional details.

For more information, contact Angela at 503-935-5371 or angela@emswcd.org.


5) OKNA general meeting (Tuesday, March 15)donationdrive

Join your neighbors on Tuesday to learn about what’s happening in Overlook Neighborhood. The March general meeting will focus on volunteer opportunities and ways residents can help from home. Meet the experts and learn about the barriers to opening shelter services and about the capacity of non-profits to assist the increasing homeless population in North Portland.

We will collect clothing and other donations for Transition Projects. For a list of items in high demand and other information, click on the image to the right.

OKNA General Meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, March 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)


6) Help PBOT locate bike share stations

BIKETOWN is coming to Portland in July. Help Portland’s Bike Share program figure out where to locate stations for its initial rollout. Several possibilities are in Overlook along N Interstate Avenue. If you think the neighborhood should have better coverage, use the comments to tell planners.

An interactive online map is available. The map offers approximately 300 options for bike share station locations. Visitors to the map can view all the proposed station locations within the initial service area and provide comments.

Planners also will host a series of five public open houses. All members of the community are invited to comment online or participate in the following open houses.

Open House Dates and Locations:

  • March 15 (Tuesday) – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hosford Middle School Cafeteria, 2303 SE 28th Place
  • March 17 (Thursday) – Noon to 2:00 p.m., City Hall, Lovejoy Room, 1221 SW 4th Ave.
  • March 30 (Wednesday) – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Portland Building, 2nd Floor Rm C, 1120 SW 5th Ave.
  • April 5 (Tuesday) – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Metropolitan Learning Center, 233 NW Glisan St.
  • April 7 (Thursday) – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart Church, 2926 N Williams Ave.

7) How clean should the Willamette River be? (Survey)

The City of Portland is looking for your views on the Portland Harbor Superfund site.

Next month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will announce a proposed plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund site in the Willamette River north of downtown Portland, a process that will affect all Portlanders.

Once the proposed plan is released, the city will submit a formal response. In preparation for that response, the city wants to hear from you. Please take a moment to share and your priorities and values for the cleanup of the Portland Harbor site through an online survey at Oregon’s Kitchen Table.

This anonymous survey, developed with the help of key stakeholders, is your opportunity to share what you value most about the cleanup. The survey will be open through March 31. After it closes, responses will be compiled by Oregon’s Kitchen Table, and results will be shared with the community later this spring.

If you can’t take the online survey, you can call Sarah Giles at 503-725-5248 to request a hard copy to fill out and return. The survey is available in five languages.

After the survey closes, the public will also be able to participate in EPA’s public comment period this spring. EPA’s record of decision, the final cleanup plan, is expected this December.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 4)

1) March OKNA meeting (Tuesday, March 15)
2) Wanted: Editor for Overlook Views
3) Will Patton Park serve in an emergency? (Wednesday, March 9)
4) Portland Community Equality Act
5) Overlook House Eggstravaganza (Saturday, March 26)
6) CORRECTION: Multnomah County budget survey link


1) March OKNA meeting (Tuesday, March 15)

donationdriveThe March OKNA general meeting will focus on volunteer opportunities and ways residents can help from home. Meet the experts and learn about the barriers to opening shelter services and about the capacity of non-profits to assist the increasing homeless population in North Portland. Service organizations attending the meeting will include:

In order to kick things off, we will collect clothing and other donations for Transition Projects. Click on the image above for a list of items in high demand and other information.

OKNA General Meeting
Tuesday, March 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)


2) Wanted: Editor for Overlook Views

OKNA seeks an editor to oversee publication of Overlook Views, our print newspaper distributed throughout the neighborhood. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a sense for news to give back to the neighborhood and gain valuable experience as part of a news gathering and design team. Anyone interested should contact the OKNA board at info@overlookneighborhood.org.

Learn more about Overlook Views and read past issues on our website.


3) Will Patton Park serve in an emergency? (Wednesday, March 9)

Join the Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) on Wednesday to explore Patton Park as a potential emergency staging area. Bring whatever gear you have as well as a flashlight and appropriate weather gear. No NET training is required, only interest. Meet at the southwest corner of Patton Park at the intersection of N Interstate Avenue and N Emerson Street.

Patton Park NET exploration
Wednesday, March 9, 6:30-8 p.m.
Patton Park


4) Portland Community Equality Act

One of the backers of the Portland Community Equality Act recently presented information about their proposed ballot initiative to the OKNA board. The initiative would change the form of city government. Currently city commissioners are elected at-large, i.e., citywide. If the initiative makes the ballot and voters approve it, council members would be elected from geographic districts.

Learn more at the PCEA website.


5) Overlook House Eggstravaganza (Saturday, March 26)

easter-154403_640The Easter Bunny will visit Overlook House early on March 26 for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Be there at 10:30 a.m. sharp with basket in hand – the hunt will be over in less than five minutes! Discover thousands of eggs filled with treats, plus lots of other toys spread on the back lawns of Overlook House. Find one of the golden eggs and look inside for a special prize. This fun  event happens rain or shine and is presented free for neighborhood children by the Friends of Overlook House.

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 26, 10:30 a.m.
Overlook House(3839 N Melrose Dr.)


6) CORRECTION: Multnomah County budget survey link

Last week’s update included a faulty link to the Multnomah County budget survey. If you would like to help the county decide how to spend tax dollars, the correct link is https://multco.us/oci/2017-citizen-budget-survey.

We apologize for the error.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 26)

1) Homeless camp update
2) Resilience Summit a success
3) Multnomah County budget survey
4) Air toxins discussion (Sun. Feb. 28)
5) Upcoming construction near Overlook Park
6) OKNA Board meeting (Tuesday, March 1)
7) CANCELED: Celebrate North Portland 2016


1) Homeless camp update

On Friday, members of the Overlook Neighborhood Association Board met with Portland city staff and representatives of the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp near the intersection of N Greeley and Interstate avenues. The topic was plans by the city to issue a permit to the camp to formalize its operations. Although there were some different ideas around the table, the discussion was productive and will continue over coming days as we seek to hammer out an arrangement that can meet everyone’s needs. Stay tuned to the weekly update for more information.


2) Resilience Summit a success

summit3Last Saturday, more than 100 neighbors and other Portland residents gathered for Sustainable Overlook’s second annual Resilience Summit, co-sponsored with the Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) on the theme of preparedness. The morning began with a terrific keynote presentation “Surviving a 9.0: Lessons from Chile and Japan,” by geotechnical engineer Allison Pyrch.

That excellent – and sobering – presentation was followed by four speakers: Captain Corey Wilson from Station 24 spoke about Portland Fire & Rescue’s response strategy after a big seismic event; Ernie Jones from the Portland Bureau of Emergency Preparedness spoke about PBEM’s NET and BEACON programs; Mitch Bixby (Overlook NET team lead) reviewed our team’s efforts; and Leslee Lewis Overlook NET lead and Sustainable Overlook spoke about the map your neighborhood block preparedness program and preparing your own home.

After a terrific lunch catered by New American Restaurant, there was more information and conversation at tables for NET, Phlush (the 4-bucket Emergency Waste System) and Thrive (freeze-dried foods); and an area with some ideas for your emergency food and supply stash. The day wound up with four more presentations: Emergency Radio Communications by John Beaston, Staging Areas and How They Work by Mitch Bixby, Food Prep Using Freeze-Dried Foods by Angie Smith, and Knowing Your Neighbors and Mapping Your Block by Josh Cabot.

There was plenty of food for thought, and neighbors went home with some concrete ideas on how to increase their preparedness. Luck favors the prepared.

See more photos from the event.


 

3) Multnomah County budget survey

Multnomah County has begun preparing its budget for the next fiscal year. County officials would like to hear from you about what to prioritize. Your responses will help the county better serve your needs and improve services. The survey typically takes only 3 to 4 minutes to complete.

Click Here to Start the Survey


4) Air toxins discussion (Sun. Feb. 28)

Eastside Portland Air Coalition is a group comprised of our local neighbors in southeast and northeast Portland. Recently, Bullseye Glass Co. and another glass company in northeast was found polluting very high levels of cadmium, arsenic and other metals. The coalition invites residents interested in learning more about the current air toxins problems to attend a public meeting on Sunday at Ex novo Brewing.

Air toxins discussion
Sunday, Feb. 28, 4-5:30 p.m.
Ex Novo Brewing (2326 N Flint Ave.)


5) Upcoming construction near Overlook Park

Overlook_ManholePortland Environmental Services is designing a project to replace a deteriorating manhole that accesses a 105-year-old, brick-stone sewer located between N Greeley Avenue and Overlook Park. Replacing the manhole will help prevent sanitary sewer overflows and protect public health and the environment.

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin July 2016 and last up to four months. We will notify you again before construction begins.

The manhole is located at the toe of the steep west slope of Overlook Park and provides access to the public sewer. Construction will not interfere with access to or activities in Overlook Park because the manhole is not part of park land generally accessed by park visitors.

Crews will access the manhole from a dirt road off of N Greeley Avenue. While the project will not close or restrict any travel lanes on Greeley, the traveling public should be alert to slow-moving construction vehicles entering and exiting the construction zone off of Greeley. The equipment staging area will be located completely off of Greeley.

Regular construction hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays.

For more information, please contact Cheryl Kuck at Cheryl.Kuck@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7898. To sign up for emailed construction updates, email Cheryl with “Overlook Park” in the subject line. Updates will also be posted on the project web page at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/overlookpark.


6) OKNA Board meeting (Tuesday, March 1)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday to discuss neighborhood business. View the agenda.

OKNA Board meeting
Tuesday, March 1, 6:30-8:10 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)


7) CANCELED: Celebrate North Portland 2016

Due to location logistics problems, the sixth annual Celebrate North Portland has been canceled. The event had been scheduled for Saturday, March 12.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 19)

1) Surviving the 9.0 Earthquake: Tools you can use (Saturday, Feb. 20)
2) Homeless camps update
3) Air toxics meeting (Thursday, Feb. 25)
4) Gypsy moth training
5) Sunday Parkways returns to North Portland (Sunday, June 26)
6) Grimm films in Overlook


1) Surviving the 9.0 Earthquake: Tools you can use (Saturday, Feb. 20)

summitPersonal and Community Preparedness is on the agenda for Sustainable Overlook/Overlook NET’s Resilience Summit. Learn what a 9.0 Earthquake will look like, what will help us survive and recover more quickly, and how to prepare your household.

Join your neighbors for an interactive day of presentations, information and workshops that will give you a practical plan to be ready. The keynote speaker will be geotechnical engineer Allison Pyrch, a participant in OPB’s Unprepared documentary “Surviving a 9.0.”

Lunch catered by New American Restaurant – vegetarian and vegan friendly. Register and reserve your lunch at sustainableoverlook.org or just show up on Saturday and bring your own lunch.

Surviving the 9.0 Earthquake
Saturday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Beach Elementary School (1710 N Humboldt St.)


2) Homeless camps update

The meeting between representative of the Overlook Neighborhood Association reported last week was postponed by the mayor’s office. The city continues to work on a permit for Hazelnut Grove, and a meeting between campers, the neighborhood and city staff has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 26. Stay tuned for updates.

This week was not without events, though. RVs and other vehicles illegally parked on N Greeley Avenue beneath the Overlook Neighborhoods were finally moved.

Other neighborhoods are talking about the city’s plans for homeless camping. The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods on Tuesday will hold a public meeting to talk about the city’s plans. The meeting is open to everyone. Topics will include:

  • Discussion of the Mayor’s short-term framework
  • Explanation of Home for Everyone and the long-term plan to end homelessness
  • Experience with public involvement in the Mayor’s plan
  • Next steps

Homeless camping discussion
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m.
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (4815 NE 7th Ave.)


3) Air toxics meeting (Thursday, Feb. 25)

Reports of air toxics in Portland have been spreading, and North Portland is a hot spot. The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods will hold a public meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25 to inform residents about the situation. Topics will include:

  • What we currently know
  • General air quality context
  • DEQ as an agency
  • Maps reports
  • Articles and other data
  • Next steps

Air toxics public meeting
Thursday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (4815 NE 7th Ave.)


4) Gypsy moth training

Although Asian gypsy moths are not established in Oregon, they were detected in the summer 2015 in Forest Park, North Portland and in Washington state. The Asian gypsy moth is an exotic pest and a closely related species to the European gypsy moth. The European gypsy moth is well known for defoliating (eating leaves off of trees) an average of 700,000 acres per year, and as much as 12.9 million acres of forest in the eastern United States in a single year. In the last 30 years, Asian gypsy moth has been detected in Oregon three times and successfully eradicated each time.

Gypsy MothTo help respond to the Asian Gypsy Moth situation, the Oregon Forest Pest Detector program is organizing several AGM monitoring workshops in spring 2016 for community members and OFPD program graduates.  At the workshop you will learn how you can help by surveying for AGM egg masses and pupal cases in target areas of North Portland.

There will be three workshops in North Portland over the next couple of weeks. Choose one that works best for your schedule. Registration is simple:

  1. Select your preferred workshop date below and fill out the registration form. All workshops will take place at the St Johns Community Center (8427 N Central St.) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  2. Then, review the online AGM learning module below before attending your session. The module covers the history, life cycle, and management of EGM and AGM. It is important that you arrive at the field workshop understanding the information in the module; you will need the information to successfully complete the field exercise.

5) Sunday Parkways returns to North Portland (Sunday, June 26)

Sunday Parkways North 2016The Portland Bureau of Transportation and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente announced the Sunday Parkways 2016 schedule, featuring five traffic-free events through Portland neighborhoods, including a new route linking the cities of Portland and Milwaukie and crossing the new Sellwood Bridge.

Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city’s largest public space—its streets—for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The events are hugely popular. Total attendance in 2015 set a record 119,000.

View the complete schedule of Sunday Parkways throughout the summer online. They event returns to North Portland June 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a 9.5-mile ride.


6) Grimm films in Overlook

Notice a lot of traffic around N Melrose Drive and N Overlook Boulevard on Friday? The NBC show “Grimm” is filming in Overlook again. Shooting is scheduled to wrap by Saturday evening.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 13)

1) Update on homeless camps
2) Overlook Neighborhood Association Meeting (Feb. 16)
3) Take a romantic walk in the park on Valentine’s Day
4) Presidents’ Day swimming at Portland Parks pools (Feb. 15)
5) Earthquake Preparedness Summit coming to Overlook


1) Update on homeless camps

At a City Council work session on Monday, Mayor Charlie Hales’ chief of staff Josh Alpert unveiled the long-awaited plan to address homelessness in Portland. They portray it as a four-pronged approach, but really there’s a hidden fifth prong that is crucial to Overlook Neighborhood (see below).

Portland Business Journal published a story about the plan this week that includes an online poll. It’s unscientific, but with more than 400 respondents so far, 90 percent oppose the city’s camping plans.

You can read the city’s complete “Safe Sleep Policy Overview,” but in summary, the four measures are:

  1. Safe sleep: People can sleep on sidewalks in groups of up to six people. They may not erect tents or entirely block a sidewalk. On city right of way other than sidewalks and other remnant properties, campers may erect tents from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  2. Organized, city-sanctioned camping: The city will partner with charitable organizations that have experience working with the homeless to run larger camps with tents and structures. The city is still working to identify potential sites for these camps. The camps must be organized with a code of conduct. The city will provide some basic services like restrooms, trash pickup and water.
  3. Organized, city-sanctioned Car/RV camping: Partner organizations such as churches may allow car/RV camping in their parking lots. The city would provide restrooms and sanitation.
  4. Shelter: The city hopes to develop more shelter space in the long term, but how and where have not been determined. This portion of the strategy remains undeveloped.

It is important to note that as of now the city will not allow camping in parks. It also intends for this to be a six-month to one-year trial program.

The fifth prong, not mentioned in the overview, applies to Hazelnut Grove in Overlook Neighborhood and a couple of other established camps. Mayor Hales’ office says that these camps will be grandfathered in and issued permits without any oversight or assistance from a sponsoring charitable organization.  They will exist outside the “Safe Sleep Policy” system. The use permit for Hazelnut Grove is still taking shape.

OKNA Board Chair Dannielle Herman and board member Chris Trejbal will meet with representatives from the mayor’s office and Hazelnut Grove next week to discuss requirements and restrictions to be included in the permit.

Next week’s Overlook Update will include a report on how things go at the meeting.

OKNA also has been discussing the camping plan with other neighborhoods. At a meeting of neighborhood leaders from across Portland this week, there was widespread concern about the mayor’s plan and the failure to engage with neighborhoods. They are starting to realize that this is a challenge that confronts all of Portland and that it’s important that we get it right in Overlook so that ineffective practices do not spread.

OKNA will continue to work with neighborhoods to present a united voice condemning the mayor’s go-it-alone approach. If Portland truly wants to solve its homelessness crisis, it must bring all stakeholders to the table and work with neighborhoods to develop real solutions.

Finally, the OKNA Board recently voted to endorse the Welcome Home Coalition which is working to build affordable housing infrastructure with at least 40,000 homes affordable to Portland Metro area families.


2) Overlook Neighborhood Association Meeting (Feb. 16)

OKNA Logo (Transparent)Residents of Overlook Neighborhood should plan to attend the monthly OKNA meeting on Tuesday. A full agenda will include reports on street parking and the city’s plans that include possibly requiring permits. Sgt. Greg Stewart of Portland Police also will be on hand to present an update on neighborhood crime data and plans for changing patrols in Overlook.

OKNA General Meeting (Agenda)
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave.)


3) Take a romantic walk in the park on Valentine’s Day

Sunday is Valentine’s day, and the Portland Parks Foundation has put out its list of top romantic parks in the city. Making the list is North Portland’s Peninsula Park, about which the foundation wrote:

Over 10,000 crocus blooms will delight you and your date in this historic park known for its summer rose displays. If it is drizzling during your visit, the National Heritage designated pavilion is a great place to sip hot chocolate and overlook the gardens.

Check out the entire list online.


4) Presidents’ Day swimming at Portland Parks pools (Feb. 15)

Kids swimmingDon’t have work or school? Don’t worry Portland Parks and Recreation will open its pools for the day. There will be both open swim and family swim sessions.

Open swims are for all ages.  Non-swimmers and children under 48 inches tall must be supervised in the water by an adult swimmer.

During Family Swim sessions, children under 18 years old must be accompanied in the water by a parent or guardian.

A complete list of open pools and hours is available online. Closest to Overlook are Matt Dishman Pool (1:15-3:45 p.m. for Open Play Swim) and Columbia Pool (11:30-1 p.m. Family Swim and 4-8 p.m. Open Play Swim).


5) Earthquake Preparedness Summit coming to Overlook

Your Overlook neighbors want everyone to be prepared for a major earthquake and able to rebound quickly. We need to connect with each other to leverage our collective resources to help us adapt to and overcome the unexpected.  Whether it’s growing your own food, connecting more closely with neighbors, or building relationships with emergency responders, perhaps the best part about building resilience is that its benefits can be enjoyed almost immediately, not just when disaster strikes.

Sustainable Overlook has joined up with Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) and Multnomah County’s Schools Uniting Neighborhoods to organize a day of discussion and active education about ways we can build our preparation and resiliency at the scale of our homes, our streets and our neighborhoods.

New American will provide lunch for $7 per person.

Register online.

Send questions to sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 5)

1) Other neighborhoods support Overlook on homeless camps
2) Other news about homeless camping
3) Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team meeting (Monday, Feb. 8)
4) Preparedness: Where resilience begins (Saturday, Feb. 20)
5) Celebrate North Portland 2016 (Saturday, March 12)


1) Other neighborhoods support Overlook on homeless camps

The Overlook Neighborhood Association has been working with neighborhoods throughout the city to encourage Mayor Charlie Hales and the rest of City Hall to develop a serious, effective strategy for helping our city’s homeless residents. Several neighborhoods have endorsed a letter urging the city to include reasonable restrictions for permitted camps and to engage more with neighborhoods.

In addition, the North Portland Neighborhood Chairs issued a statement of support. It condemns the city’s failure to work with Overlook on the Hazelnut Grove camp. From the letter:

The decision to unilaterally sanction the formation of Hazelnut Grove without a public process was misguided and has created a lack of trust of the City by other neighborhoods in the position to consider space for encampments. The lack of planning for Hazelnut Grove is in high contrast to the planned long-time encampment on the border of our district, Dignity Village.  The hasty formation by the City of Hazelnut Grove and the continued poor communication with those encamped and the surrounding community has placed an undue and unexpected burden on these residents.  Members of the Overlook Neighborhood Association have been put in the role of fending for themselves as the City, with no apparent plan, makes administrative decisions and develops policy without engagement.

Read the full letter here.


2) Other news about homeless camping

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board this week formed a task force to coordinate response and strategy on issues related to homelessness and camping. Three board members (Chair Dannielle Herman, Cynthia Sulaski and Chris Trejbal) will join three other neighborhood residents most directly impacted by the camp.

Meanwhile, on Monday, Portland City Council will hold a work session that about homelessness. Mayor Charlie Hales’ Chief of Staff Josh Alpert will present information about the homeless state of emergency. He reportedly will address questions that have been raised by neighborhoods about camps such as Hazelnut Grove in Overlook. He also will explain city policy and plans for homeless camps going forward.

There will be no opportunity for public testimony at the meeting, but it will be open to the public. Overlook neighbors interested in the issue are encouraged to attend.

City Council Work Session
Monday, Feb. 8, 3-5 p.m.
City Hall (1221 SW 4th Ave.)
City Council Chambers, Second Floor


3) Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team meeting (Monday, Feb. 8)

Come meet your neighbors and talk about emergency preparedness.  Join the Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) on Monday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Lucky Lab. And mark your calendar for the March 14 meeting, which will be part of NET’s Skills ’n Drill series at Patton Park.

Send questions to overlookprepares@gmail.com.

Overlook NET meeting
Monday, Feb. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Luck Lab (1700 N Killingsworth St.)


4) Preparedness: Where resilience begins (Saturday, Feb. 20)

summitAwareness that we are underprepared for disasters, such as a Cascadian Subduction Zone earthquake, has been steadily growing over the past year.  Fortunately, Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) has also been stepping up its activities to help enable all of us to become more resilient in our homes, on our streets and across our neighborhood.  On Saturday, Feb. 20, Overlook will hold a Resilience Summit, as a way to bring neighbors together and quickly touch on the high points of preparations underway with first responders, experts and neighborhood volunteers.

Although many of us are too busy to help with NET, the hope is that this summit is an opportunity for everyone to learn what’s already been done and how we can collectively prepare as individual homes and as a united neighborhood.

The morning session will feature presentations and discussion by first responders and other community leaders, while the afternoon will offer a series of hands-on demos and short 30-minute workshops.  Lunch will be available at a reduced cost by local restaurant superstars, New American.  This event is open to anyone and everyone.  Come when you can and stay for as long as you like.

Learn more and RSVP online.

Overlook Resilience Summit 2016
Saturday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Beach Elementary School (1710 N Humboldt St.)


5) Celebrate North Portland 2016 (Saturday, March 12)

The sixth annual Celebrate North Portland takes place March 12. North Portland residents will come together once again to recognize the individuals, organizations, and companies that make North Portland such a great place to live and work. This year’s theme is “Celebrate North Portland – Oscar Night.” Watch out for the paparazzi as you arrive on the red carpet, and come enjoy a fun evening to recognize your neighbors.

Celebrate North Portland is an event to appreciate and recognize the many people that have dedicated their time and energies to making our community such a great corner of the world.  The dinner and entertainment are designed to recognize these many wonderful people.

Tickets are on sale now online.

Celebrate North Portland 2016
Saturday, March 12, 6-9 p.m.
University of Portland, Bauccio Commons (5000 N Willamette Blvd.)

 

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